Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Random Video: March of the Buchla Mongo #1

Video: March of the Buchla Mongo #1

" Modular Only, Braids/Dixie2/Borg/WMD Geiger Counter/Echophon triggered/sequenced from the Doepfer a-160/4MS rotating Clock-Divider and Maths2. No other stuff except for some Eventide Space/Timefactor and Lexicon PCM91 FX."
Uploaded by TheBuchlaMongo

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Erica Synths Sequential Switch Demo Videos by @DivKid

DivKid uploaded two extensive module-reviews, both about the Erica Synths Sequential Switch.

Video 1: EURORACK MODULE - Erica - Sequential Switch

"Check out a larger chaotic patch with the switch below
The Erica Synths Sequential Switch is an 8 step sequential switch with some unique features and great functionality. It's also a nice size for getting your hands in and playing and tweaking the functions on the step buttons mid patch.
Subscribe/comment/like below for more videos coming every week!"

Video 2: EURORACK MODULE - Erica - Sequential Switch Big Patch

Uploaded by DivKidMusic

Friday, July 04, 2014

Raul's World of Synths Presents PATCH IT " The Sonic Cloud Patch"

Raul Pena started another installment of his Patch It series.
This time it is called "The Sonic Cloud", and made with all Doepfer modules.

Video 1: Raul's World of Synths Presents PATCH IT " The Sonic Cloud Patch" Part One

" An extended example of improvised patching with a medium scale Doepfer system. This example is titled "The Sonic Cloud Patch" Part one of four. Sound and Video by Raul Pena.

Video 2: Raul's World of Synths Presents PATCH IT " The Sonic Cloud Patch" Part Two

"An extended example of improvised patching with a medium scale Doepfer system. This example is titled "The Sonic Cloud Patch" Part two of five. Sound and Video by Raul Pena.

Video 3: Raul's World of Synths Presents PATCH IT " The Sonic Cloud Patch" Part Three
" An extended example of improvised patching with a medium scale Doepfer system. This example is titled "The Sonic Cloud Patch" Part three of five. Sound and Video by Raul Pena."

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Random Video: Intro To Modular Synthesis by Somaa

Here's a nice modular basics tutorial by Somaa:

Video: Intro to Modular Synthesis by Somaa

" An introduction to modular synthesis.
In this video I go over various types and brands of modules and demonstrate how to connect them all together to create sounds.
I demonstrate this using my Eurorack synthesizer.
I use brands like Doepfer, Analogue Solutions, Pittsburgh Modular and TipTop"

Uploaded by Somaaa

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Modular Wild Presents TipTop Audio ZDSP - VC Digital Signal Processor

A new series by Raul Pena starts today.
This time it's all about the versatile Tiptop Audio ZDSP Voltage Controlled Digital Signal Processor, an open-source, cartridge-based digital sound-processing and generating platform for Eurorack

Like the processor in your desktop computer, the Z-DSP runs programs in memory.
It’s these programs that create the delays, filters, oscillators and more that the Z-DSP can produce. 
The possibilities are virtually endless, limited only by the imagination of those who write the applications for it. Tiptop Audio, together with some of the best known programmers in the music industry, are working to bring programs to the Z-DSP platform.
The Z-DSP uses an open-source coding environment, and using a programmer (available from Tiptop/Spin
Semiconductor) anyone can create, share or sell their own applications for the Z-DSP.
TipTopAudio hopes that this unique feature will motivate more designers and users to dive in to the amazing world of digital signal processing and enrich the available library of applications for the Z-DSP platform.

Video: Modular Wild Presents Profile- TipTop Audio ZDSP- VC Digital Signal Processor

" A short overview of the Tiptop Audio ZDSP Voltage Controlled digital Signal Processor. Sound and Video by Raul Pena "

Video 2: Modular Wild Presents SOUNDS-TipTop Audio ZDSP Basic Operation and Modulation

"A short demonstration of the Basic operation of the TipTop Audio ZDSP. Also examples of simple modulation. Sound and Video by Raul Pena."

Video 3: Modular Wild Presents SOUNDS- TipTop Audio ZDSP-Analog and Digital Feedback
" A short demonstration of sound examples using Analog or Digital feedback with the TipTop Audio ZDSP. Also a short example of combining the two flavors of feedback."

Video 4: Modular Wild Presents SOUNDS-Tiptop Audio ZDSP -Bat Filters

"A short examples of some presets from the TipTop Audio ZDSP Bat Filters. Sound and Video by Raul Pena."

Video 5: Modular Wild presents SOUNDS TipTop Audio ZDSP with Halls of Valhalla By Valhalla DSP
" A walkthrough of the presets available on Valhalla DSP's Halls of Valhalla ZDSP card.Sound and Video by Raul Pena."

Video 6: Modular Wild Presents SOUNDS- TipTop Audio Dual ZDSP Experiment #1- Feedback and Clock Modulation

" An extended audio Experiment with Dual Tiptop Audio ZDSP's and Dragonfly Delays card.A simple pulse waveform is fed into ZDSP# 1 on the left side of the screen.
These outputs may be heard in the center stereo field throughout the video. Feedback out from ZDSP #1 is fed out to Audio in 1 and Feedback in 2 of ZDSP #2.
A Sine wave is fed into audio input 2 of ZDSP#2 for effect. This creates an interesting and semi-evolving feedback loop.ZDSP #2 is heard in the far left and far right stereo field. Also a short example with clock modulation. Sound and Audio by Raul Pena"
Other places to find Raul's World of Synths on the Web:

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Random Video: The Ribbon Stick Song # 1 by Quijote Cinemusica

Quijote Cinemusica created this spacy experimental video with his Eurorack system, a Ribbon Controller and an expression pedal...

Video: The Ribbon Stick Song # 1 by Quijote Cinemusica

" Improvisation with a Ribbon Stick (tm) and an Expression pedal controling a patch on a home made Modular Synthesizer"

Uploaded by Quijote Cinemusica

Monday, June 09, 2014

SiteTip: PatchPierre's Feedfest

PatchPierre's RSS Feedfest webpage
Last weekend i started a new side-project that has all the analog modular synthesizer news you ever wanted in the form of RSS-feeds.
This is currently still a work in progress, new links will be added during the coming weeks/months.

This will probably eventually replace the sidebar on the right side of my PatchPierre.Net blog, and that will hopefully make loading my page a lot faster in the near future...

Find it at http://www.protopage.com/patchpierre 
...and don't forget to bookmark it!

Find other SiteTips via http://patchpierre.blogspot.nl/search/label/SiteTip

Friday, June 06, 2014

Doepfer A-199 Spring Reverb Video Tutorials by Raul Pena

Raul Pena published more videos in his new series on the Doepfer A-199 Spring Reverb.

Video 1: Doepfer A-199 Spring Reverb Basics

" A short video covering basic features and functions of the Doepfer A199 Spring Reverb. Sound demos will begin in the next video in the series.Sound and Video by Raul Pena. "

Video 2: Doepfer A199 Spring Reverb Processing Demo 1-Synthesizer Sound

" Continuing the Doepfer A199 Spring Reverb series. A short demonstration of processing a synthesizer sound through the Spring Reverb. Basic examples adjusting level, feedback, emphasis and mix. Sound and Video by Raul Pena."

Video 3: Doepfer A199 Spring Reverb Processing Demo 2 -Percussive Sounds
" Continuing the Doepfer A199 Spring Reverb series. A short demonstration of processing a percussion based sound with the A199 Spring Reverb. Basic examples adjusting level, feedback, emphasis and mix. Sound and Video by Raul Pena."

Video 4: Doepfer A199 Processing Demo 3 External Feedback

"Conclusion of the Doepfer A199 Spring Reverb series. A third processing example with the A199 Spring Reverb.
There is also a short example of using the external feedback in and reverb out jacks in a patch. Basic examples adjusting level, feedback, emphasis and mix. Sound and Video by Raul Pena. "

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Random Video: Quaslynt by @Monotrome

Monotrome uploaded an interesting experimental video to YouTube... (and to Vimeo, too: )
Spoiler Alert: there's a bonus cat hidden in the video! 

Video: Monotrome - Quaslynt
" Live recording of a patch I've been playing with for the last couple of days. It's not exactly for easy listening, I guess. Includes a hidden bonus cat!
Gear used:

Eurorack modular
- Mutable Instruments Braids (in META mode, switching between PLUK and DRUM)
- TipTop Audio Z3000, wave-shaped by a ...
- Doepfer A-110
- MakeNoise STO (FM'd by Doepfer A-110)
- ALM Busy Circuits Pamela's Workout in bank switching mode
- MakeNoise René
- MakeNoise Function
- MakeNoise Optomix
- MakeNoise Teleplexer
- Doepfer A-183-2 (for attenuating and off-setting the bank-switching CV that goes to Pamela's Workout)
- ... and lots of little helpers

MFB Urzwerk (used for CV modulation source and as gate sequencer)
MFB Nanozwerg
EHX Deluxe Memory Boy delay pedal

Filmed with iPhone 5 and iPad 3, edited with iMovie.

Video uploaded by Monotrome

Friday, May 30, 2014

A-157 Trigger Sequencer Final Prototype?

A new picture has been posted to the Facebook Doepfer A-100 Analog Modular Synthesizer group of what appears to be the latest version of the A-157 Trigger Sequencer (or Mini Schaltwerk) prototype design.
This new version (prototype 3?) has even more buttons, 32 more than prototype 2 to be exactly, that brings the total to 160(!) buttons.

Doepfer A-157 Trigger Sequencer Prototype 3?
The picture seems to come from Dieter Doepfer himself , the latest panel design comes with new features like mute , invert , and left/right buttons for each row that can shift a row one step to the left or right.
This is probably the final design, and forms a complete trigger sequencer with the A-157-2 (8 separate trigger output module) and the A-157-3 (basic controller).

Doepfer was also planning a more complex control module A-157-4 that allows additional functions like 128 memories for trigger sequences, different clock/start/stop/reset for 2 or 4 groups of rows (e.g. common for rows 1-4 and 5-8, or in pairs), independent first/last step for each row, independent direction (forward/backward/pendulum/random) for each row, one-shot mode, LC display and so on.
But these ideas are very preliminary

Read all my earlier A-157 Trigger Sequencer blog-posts at http://patchpierre.blogspot.nl/search/label/A-157
I wonder what this all means for the stand-alone (Dark Flow) version of these modules that Dieter also mentioned a few years ago.

The latest info says the basic set will be available earliest Autumn 2014 (without any obligation ! )

HatTip to Kay Stollberg for sharing this

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Doepfer A-199 Spring Reverb Demo by Computing Sound

The Computing.Sound YouTube channel will host videos mainly around music, music technology and sound.
There will be demos, reviews and original music/soundscapes.
Today they posted this nice and long  Doepfer A-199 Spring Reverb (audio) demo.

Video: Doepfer A 199 SPRV Spring Reverb Demo

" Hope the video is helpful.
0:08 A-118 Noise -- A-148 Sample & Hold ( A-147 VCLFO as trigger) -- selfresonating A-108 VCF8 as Osc. -- A-199 SPRV
02:36 As before, but this time I send the wet (Reverb Out) and the dry (Mix Out, full Orig. signal)
into the A-114 Ring Mod..
05:36 A-110-1 VCO -- A-108-1 Filter (filter modulation with ADSR, triggered by A-161) -- A-131 VCA -- A-199
06:55 A-118 Noise + Random Volt -- A-108 VCF8
09:11 Arturia Microbrute (internal sequencer) -- A-199 Spring Reverb

Uploaded by Computing.Sound

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Random Video: Driving the Spaceship - Drones and LFOs by kv3x

More weird sounds from Jim Czech's studio...

Video: Driving the Spaceship - Drones and LFOs by kv3x

" So I snuck the spaceship out of the garage the other night.
Once I got it started, wow, what a ride! Cruising around, carrying on, warp speed, zipping past planets, shooting space rocks, running through the gears, making noise. Well, it's all fun and games until something goes wrong.
There you are, stalled out, broken down, in some dark corner of a far away galaxy. Come on, start, come ooonn...! Oh, yeah, you can be sure I will hear about this one. I'll probably be grounded for-ev-eer!

Synthrotek Chaos Nand (DIY), CV modulated by a Doepfer A-143-4 (and the triangle Sum out into the Sag of the Nand, too), mixed with output from a Pittsburgh Modular VILFO.
The square wave Sum out was run to the 1V/Oct input of Oscillator 1 of the Make Noise DPO.
The Osc 1 triangle output was sent to the same Analogue Solutions MX-61.
The positive out of the MX-61 was fed into the Erica Polivoks filter (another DIY) modulated by the A-145 sine wave into CV2.
The 145 also pinged the A-101-2 LPG. Further, the LFO sine out of the Intellijel Rubicon was input into CV1 of the Common input on the 143.
The final Polivoks low pass output was through the O'Tool, and into the Synthrotek EKO (another easy DIY).
The Rate of the EKO was controlled by the LFO sine output of the Intellijel Dixie II.
And some knob wiggling.
Recorded in one take with a Roland R-26.
In other, more simple words, it's just a bunch of nonsense and noise."

Uploaded by kv3x
On Twitter: http://twitter.com/kv3x

Saturday, May 24, 2014

BookTip XVI: The Synthesizer by Mark Vail

Music journalist, historian, teacher, and performer Mark Vail is the author of the new book 'The Synthesizer: A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding, Programming, Playing, and Recording the Ultimate Electronic Music Instrument' (2014), published by Oxford University Press, as well as classic Vintage Synthesizers (1993, 2000) book.
He has developed an elective music curriculum based on Propellerhead Reason and has taught 6th through 12th grade students at private schools in Sacramento and San Jose, California, since 2003.

The Synthesizer book by Mark Vail
In his latest book he explains the important developments throughout the history of the synthesizer and how engineers, musicians, and visionaries have advanced its capabilities.
He gives important practical tips on choosing a synthesizer and reveals the deep creativity and imagination of those who work with synthesizers
The book is thoroughly illustrated with over 350 images

" Electronic music instruments weren't called synthesizers until the 1950s, but their lineage began in 1919 with Russian inventor Lev Sergeyevich Termen's (Theremin) development of the Etherphone, now known as the Theremin.
From that point, synthesizers have undergone a remarkable evolution from prohibitively large mid-century models confined to university laboratories to the development of musical synthesis software that runs on tablet computers and portable media devices.

Throughout its history, the synthesizer has always been at the forefront of technology for the arts.
In The Synthesizer: A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding, Programming, Playing, and Recording the Ultimate Electronic Music Instrument, veteran music technology journalist, educator, and performer Mark Vail tells the complete story of the synthesizer: the origins of the many forms the instrument takes; crucial advancements in sound generation, musical control, and composition made with instruments that may have become best sellers or gone entirely unnoticed; and the basics and intricacies of acoustics and synthesized sound.

Vail also describes how to successfully select, program, and play a synthesizer; what alternative controllers exist for creating electronic music; and how to stay focused and productive when faced with a room full of instruments.
This one-stop reference guide on all things synthesizer also offers tips on encouraging creativity, layering sounds, performance, composing and recording for film and television, and much more."

A companion website features resources which accompany the book.

I haven't bought the book yet, but i will definitely order it this year... A must-have in my opinion although i do expect it partially overlaps the Vintage Synth book of him that I also have.

Mark Vail “The Synthesizer”
Oxford University Press
ISBN: 978-0-19-539481-8

Friday, May 23, 2014

Doepfer A-101-6 Six Stage VC Opto FET Filter/Phaser Update

A-101-6 Six Stage Opto
FET Filter/Phaser prototype
In march of this year Doepfer announced the
A-101-1 Six Stage VC Opto FET Filter/Phaser.
This week however, Dieter released a statement about this module:

" After playing around with the module and the comments of people who tried the prototype we are no longer sure if we will release the A-101-6.
The circuit is a bit complex (especially because of the filter mode switching which requires altogether about 20 electronic double-throw switches) and consequently the module will be a bit expensive. 
And the FETs generate a lot of distortion in the sound as they are not linear circuits (like the vactrols).
I think we will do some sound examples and then ask interested customers if they are willing to pay the price. Maybe we offer a lower priced version of the module (< Euro 100) with jumpers instead of the electronic switches.
In this case the user will be able to configure the module by means of the jumpers as lowpass, highpass or allpass.

Best wishes
Dieter Doepfer" 
Source: Yahoo Doepfer A-100 Usergroup